Wilmington Women Snatch Victory From Golden Falcons

Women's basketball player with ball in low post.
Kristin Smith posted 14 points and 16 rebounds in a Feb. 9, 2019, home loss to Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Wilmington (Del.) University erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, then outscored host Felician University, 13-2, in overtime, to earn a 90-79 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over the Golden Falcons on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Both teams were playing for the third time in five days.

The Golden Falcons (8-12, 8-5 CACC) maintained their share of first place with Dominican (N.Y.) College in the CACC North Division. Dominican was also unsuccessful on Saturday. But third-place Caldwell University (7-14, 7-7) won its contest and moved within 1 ½ games of the co-leaders. The Cougars and Felician meet on Wednesday in Caldwell, N.J. Felician and Dominican have six conference games left to play, while Caldwell has five.

Felician saw its season-long three-game winning streak ended. The Golden Falcons also fell to 0-2 this season in games decided in overtime.

Wilmington graduate student Macy Robinson (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth's) led all players with 27 points and added eight rebounds. Robinson forced overtime by canning a 25-foot three-point field goal with 17.4 seconds left in regulation time, knotting the game at 77-77. Wildcat senior Nyree Grant (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Paramus [N.J.] Catholic) recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Felician received 21 points and 12 rebounds from senior Kameron Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman), while classmate Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J./Rancocas Valley) put up 14 points and 16 boards. The double-doubles were the sixth of the season for Stone and Smith's third.

Felician had the last shot of regulation, but after it advanced the ball out of a timeout, a Bionca Chambers (Bronx, N.Y./New Milford [N.J.]) contested medium-range jump shot rimmed out. After Kayla Diaz's (Clifton, N.J./Paterson, Eastside) layup tied the game at 79-79 with 3:55 left in overtime, the Golden Falcons never scored again. Felician shot 1 for 13 with three turnovers in the extra session, while the Wildcats were 5-8 without a miscue.

Diaz finished with 17 points and six assists. Felician junior Taliyah Brisco (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Francis Lewis) scored 14 points.

The teams were tied, 32-32, at halftime, and still even, 42-42, with 7:22 left in the third quarter. Felician ran off a 12-2 run, capped by consecutive Smith lay-ups, only to see the Wildcats answer with the next five points to pull within five. Stone, however, tallied the final six points of the period, which the Golden Falcons exited with a 60-49 lead.

A three-pointer by Stone gave the hosts their largest spread of the day, 63-51, with 9:38 left in regulation. Wilmington chipped away, outscoring Felician, 13-3, over the next four minutes for a 66-64 deficit. With the Golden Falcons still ahead by three, Chambers made a steal and found Diaz for a transition layup at the 2:45 mark. But Robinson responded with a three to keep her team in the hunt.

Another Robinson trifecta at 1:10 cut her team's deficit to 75-74. Chambers was fouled on a driving layup at 0:46, but her missed free throw left Wilmington within three points. After Robinson kept the next possession alive with an offensive rebound, she retreated to deep behind the three-point arc on the left side and drained the overtime-forcing shot.

Robinson, who totaled 23 points after halftime, was 5 for 10 from three-point range. Felician, which leads the CACC in three-point field-goal percentage defense, saw the Wildcats (5-16, 5-8) shoot 41 percent from distance (9-22). The Golden Falcons were held to 33 percent shooting, including 23 percent from beyond the arc.